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The U.S.-ROK Alliance—Implications of an "Alternative Future"

Building on NBR's previous successes in Korean peninsula scenario planning, notably the 2006 "North Korean Bold Switchover" conference, NBR in partnership with the Korea Institute for Future Strategies (KiFS) gathered leading figures from across the political spectrum in academia, business, and civil society to engage in a rigorous "alternative futures" exercise. At a conference convened on September 10-11, 2007, in Seoul, South Korea, American and Korean participants were asked to think through the many potential implications of a world in which the U.S.-ROK alliance no longer existed. This exercise illuminated the potential costs and benefits for both parties of such a dramatic shift and provided a view on the range of U.S. and South Korean thinking on a critically important issue.

NBR published a final conference report summarizing the results of the conference, and articles about the conference appeared in JoongAng Ilbo and the Wall Street Journal. The January 2008 issue of Asia Policy, NBR’s peer-reviewed journal, also features select papers from the conference in the roundtable "What if? A World without the U.S.-ROK Alliance."

Following the conference, from September 12-13, 2007, a U.S. business delegation led by NBR Chairman and Chairman Emeritus of Russell Investment Group, Mr. George Russell and CBOL Corporation Chairman, Mr. Spencer Kim, engaged in discussions on the future of the alliance and U.S.-ROK economic relations with both "established" and "up-and-coming" political and business leaders in Korea. The meetings provided participants with opportunities to interact and build relations with South Korea’s rising cohort of influential leaders.

Contact

For more information, please contact:

Travis Tanner
Senior Project Director ttanner@nbr.org

A World without the U.S.-ROK Alliance Conference Report

The report "A World without the U.S.-ROK Alliance: Thinking about 'Alternative Futures'," by Nicholas Eberstadt, Richard Ellings, Aaron Friedberg, Christopher Griffin, Roy Kamphausen, and Travis Tanner, summarizes the findings of the conference.

Select Conference Papers Published in Asia Policy Journal

The January 2008 issue of Asia Policy, NBR’s peer-reviewed journal, features select papers from the conference in the roundtable "What if? A World without the U.S.-ROK Alliance."

Conference and Bilateral Meetings in Korea

Learn more about the September 10–11 Seoul conference, "A World without the U.S. ROK Alliance: Implications of an ‘Alternative Future’," in which a binational team of experts from across the political spectrum in academia, business, and civil society in a rigorous scenario-building exercise based on a single question: "What would the world look like if the U.S.-ROK alliance did not exist?"